Firm Profile > Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov > Sofia, Bulgaria

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov
10 TSAR OSVOBODITEL BLVD.
1000 SOFIA
Bulgaria

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

With a strong track record of deal 'firsts' in Bulgaria, Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov fields one of the largest, specialist finance teams in the market. Some 14 lawyers, includng four partners, are jointly led by the pre-eminent project finance and international lending expert  Nikolai Gouginski; Georgi Tzvetkov, strong in both regulatory matters and transactions; and Vessela Stancheva-Mincheva, who heads up capital markets and insurance. Stephan Kyutchukov completes the partner team and leads on real estate finance. Clients include international investment banks, global funds and domestic lenders.

Practice head(s):

Nikolai Gouginski; Georgi Tzvetkov; Vessela Stancheva-Mincheva

Other key lawyers:

Stephan Kyutchukov

Testimonials

‘The team is very professional, dedicated and well organised.’

‘Nikolai Gouginski is an excellent lawyer with significant experience. He has outstanding knowledge and provides solid advice on complex matters.’

‘The team involved in the banking practice has exquisite negotiation skills and provide professional legal advice on any issues that occur while drafting and executing finance documents. They are capable of keeping any deadline, no matter how tight it is. With their help, we have managed to overcome several obstacles in finance structures.’

‘Georgi Tzvetkov and Kaloyan Krumov – both outstanding professionals. We have worked with them both as advisers to the bank and as advisers to our clients. In both cases – the advice they provide is always in the best interest of their client, but still structured in a way to be acceptable to the other side, which makes closing transactions easier. Georgi is a great negotiator – always capable of proving his point in a firm, yet in diplomatic way.’

‘DGKV can deliver top products unmatched by their local peers; they work fast, are committed to success, understand clients’ commercial needs and act appropriately.’

 

Key clients

Alpha Bank

AP Investments

Arab Bank (Switzerland)

Barclays Capital

Blantyre Capital Limited

BNP Paribas Factor

Bridge Capital

British Arab Commercial Bank (BACB)

BTC (Black Toro Capital Group)

Bulgarian Real Estate Fund

Burgan Bank

Caterpillar Financial Services

China Eximbank

The Export Import Bank of China (CEXIM)

Citadel Securities Europe Limited (CSEL)

Citibank

DEG Invest

Deutsche Bank

DSK Bank

DVB Bank SE

Eleven Fund Cooperatief

Equinix

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Forex Capital Markets

Goldman Sachs

JP Morgan Europe

 

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov excels in significant global transactions involving Bulgaria, such as client PPF's $2.1bn acquisition of Central European Media Enterprises (CEM). The largest team in the market with 32 lawyers, including a dozen partners and three counsels, is co-led by Zdravka Ugrinova, who is among the premier corporate lawyers in Sofia. She is assisted at the helm by Berlin-based Violetta Kunze, a leading TMT practitioner who led the advice to PPF. The team demonstrates additional sector strength in banking, energy, pharma and real estate.

Practice head(s):

Zdravka Ugrinova; Violetta Kunze

Other key lawyers:

Stephan Kyutchukov; Omourtag Petkov; Georgi Tzvetkov; Valentin Bojilov

Testimonials

‘I like the depth of their team. They are a large firm with a range of practice areas headed by partners. They have a good number of lawyers, giving you confidence that they can staff larger and more complex deals properly.

They are friendly and easy to work with.’

I have worked with them on several transactions, and I am very impressed by their diligence. They are hard-working and thorough.

‘Valentin Bojilov is super-smart and very hard-working and diligent. Even when grilled by partners of London firms, he stands up perfectly and always prevails in arguments about how things work.’

Key clients

QuickBase

Hamilton Data Services

DOHLE Trading Group Holding LLC & Co. LP

Blantyre Capital

P.P.F.

Sony Europe Limited

Bunge

Lukoil Europe Holdings

Froneri Bulgaria

Bulsatcom

CITI Bank

Hitachi Solutions Co.

Hilti Italia

Nokia Corporation

ERG Insaat Ticaret ve Sanayi

Hanon Systems

Eleven Fund Cooperatief U.A.

Gradus

Thunder Software Technology Co.

Auto Kelly

Hamilton Data Services

SSM Partners

Mitsuba Teklas Turkey Otomotiv

J.S. Hamilton Poland

Lemi Trafo

Yazaki Europe Limited

CEE Equity Partners

Kharis Capital Advisory

Dispute resolution Tier 1

A stellar client list at Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov includes Facebook, Huawei Technologies Bulgaria, BMW and Gazprom, indicative of the market-status of this leading dispute resolution practice. With over 20 litigators, the firm fields the largest team in the market and is led by the 'extremely experienced' Angel Ganev, who is also rated for his bankruptcy and insovlency work. The firm has a successful anti-fraud sub-practice within the department, which is also led by Ganev, while counsels Anton Krustev and Valentin Bojilov advise on energy and finance-related disputes respectively.

Practice head(s):

Angel Ganev

Other key lawyers:

Anton Krustev; Valentin Bojilov; Gergana Monovska

Testimonials

‘We were impressed with the great professionalism and devotion of DGKV and its employees towards their work. In addition, we work closely with the following lawyers of DGKV: Angel Ganev, a partner at the law firm, who is extremely experienced in the field of procedural proceedings, arbitration proceedings and others; Anton Krustev, a counsel who is a recognised expert in the process of legal representation in the field of energy law; Gergana Monovska, a senior associate who is extremely highly qualified in the field of procedural proceedings, arbitration proceedings and others.’

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov provides our company with services mainly in the field of advice on energy and natural resources projects. It provides highly-professional services from experienced lawyers having the expertise and motivation to meet the best criteria for quality of the work. DGKV delivers timely, exhaustive and competent legal advice discussed from different perspectives and observing the highest standards in the area which makes this practice unique.’

Key clients

Coutot Roehrig

Gazprom Export

BMW

Bulsatcom

Facebook

Huawei Technologies Bulgaria

Turkish Airlines

Financial Supervision Commission

Swiss Latam

TD Bank Group

Walltopia

Trade Center Sliven

ABB Bulgaria

Acibadem City Clinic

AES-3C Maritza East 1

Andres Schneider Rechtsanwaelte

Aresgas (former Rila Gaz)

ARGE CDM/Fichtner/C&E

A.T. Kearney

Audatex-Magyarorszag

Avia International

Bawag Bank

BCUBE

Brееze Properties

C3/CustomerContactChannels

Cargill Bulgaria

CarVal Investors

CEZ Elektro Bulgaria

CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov eclipses rivals in terms of size, fielding 18 practitioners led by much-respected Milan Pandev, 'one of the best professionals of law in the field of energy', and the respected Georgi Goudiniski; almost uniquely, they are both full-time energy specialists. The firms boasts an extensive client list across all facets of energy and natural resources, including CEZ, Gazprom and Lukoil, as well as a number of financial institutions and funds investing in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Milan Pandev; Georgi Gouginski

Other key lawyers:

Anton Krustev; Kaloyan Krumov; Yassen Spassov

Testimonials

‘DGKV’s energy and natural resources practice represents one of the most experienced teams on the Bulgarian legal market. The law firm has the expertise to provide full scope assistance to clients interested in investing in the energy sector in Bulgaria. DGKV has highly-qualified and experienced lawyers who spend significant time on energy matters.’

‘DGKV boasts an impressive record of energy sector transactions and an unprecedented list of energy sector clients.’

Milan Pandev is one of the best professionals of law in the field of energy. He has developed extensive expertise in the power and oil and gas sectors in Bulgaria. Milan is a highly knowledgeable practitioner of energy law.

Yassen Spassov has specific expertise in energy and environmental law issues and solid experience in energy and utilities, including construction of new power facilities, power generation and gas distribution, trade in electricity and gas.’

‘The team, managed by Milan Pandev, showed themselves as professionals and was very proactive.’

‘I would mention proactivity and fast response of all team members. We worked closely with Kaloyan Krumov and Yassen Spassov. Mr Spassov prepared for us a very useful legal framework overview concerning our project and Mr Krumov provided great support, from preparation to land acquisition.’

Key clients

AES Group Companies in Bulgaria

Aresgas AD (formerly Rila Gaz)

Axpo Trading

CEZ Elektro Bulgaria

CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria

Chevron Munaigas

Citibank

EDF-Electricite de France

Emerson

European Commission

Gazprom Marketing & Trading Limited

Gazprom Export

GE Renewable Energy – Hydro

LUKOIL Europe Holding

Mercuria Energy Europe Trading (formerly JP Morgan Energy Europe; RBS Sempra Energy Europe)

NEPI Investment Management

OMV Trading

SBB ENERGY

Shanghai Chaori International Trading Co.

Shanghai Sensheng Assets Management Centre

Solar Turbines Europe

Torq Resources

Vodosnabdyavane i kanalizatsiya Dobrich

Water & Sewerage Company Steneto

EU and competition Tier 1

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov assists some of the world's best-known companies, such as Apple, BMW, DaimlerChrysler and British American Tobacco, with their Bulgarian competition and antitrust matters. The practice encompasses cartel investigations, abuse of dominant position, merger control, restraints on trade, unfair trade practices and state aid. It is led by one of the most experienced competition practitioners in the jurisdiction, Nikolai Gouginski. TMT and corporate partner Violetta Kunze co-leads; respected senior associate Anton Petrov moved to Kinstellar  as Of Counsel.

Practice head(s):

Nikolai Gouginski; Violetta Kunze

Other key lawyers:

Dessislava Iordanova

Testimonials

‘They have in-depth local knowledge in Bulgaria. They are also very commercial and resolutive.’

‘Extremely commercial, always willing to help, very approachable and extremely knowledgable of local law.’

Key clients

Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO

AbbVie

Apple Distribution International

APPLiA BULGARIA ASSOCIATION (former CECED Bulgaria)

ArcelorMittal

Aspen Pharmacare Holdings

Astellas Pharma

Beiersdorf

Bella Bulgaria

Blantyre Capital

BMW Group

British American Tobacco Trading (BAT)

Bunge Romania

C.H. Robinson

Cadillac Europe

DaimlerChrysler (former Daimler-Benz)

Froneri Bulgaria

Gazprom Export

Honeywell

Immofinanz

Ital Food Industry

JBT Corporation

Lukoil Europe Holding

Mayoral Moda Infantil and Mayoral Bulgaria

Merck Bulgaria

Mid Europa Partners

National Hockey League

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov fields 'one of the strongest teams in Bulgaria', earning an extensive and elite client base in the healthcare and life sciences sector. Recent instructions include dispute resolution on behalf of Merck & Co. and representing General Electric Healthcare in public procurement tenders to supply medical devices to the Ministry of Health and state-owned and municipal hospitals. Kalina Tchakarova is a leading figure with over 20 years' experience providing regulatory advice to pharmaceutical companies, healthcare providers and producers and others.

Practice head(s):

Kalina Tchakarova

Other key lawyers:

Valentin Bojilov

Testimonials

‘One of the strongest teams in Bulgaria. Full-service law firm with a multidisciplinary approach.’

‘Kalina Tchakarova is the relationship partner. Always available, always prompt. Very clear in her advice.’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories Europe

Acibadem City Clinic (former Tokushukai-Sofia)

Actavis

Akros Pharma

Alcon Bulgaria

Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Limited

Astellas Pharma Europe

Baxter International

Beiersdorf

Berlin-Chemie

Cardinal Health

Cargill Bulgaria

ClinTec International

Coca-Cola Enterprises

Covance Clinical and Periapproval Services

Dow Deutschland

EU Pharmacia Bulgaria

Fater (JV owned by Procter & Gamble and Angelini Group)

Froneri Bulgaria

General Electric Healthcare

Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp)

Merck Bulgaria

Red Bull

Samsung Bioepis

The Body Shop International

Intellectual property Tier 1

Facebook, Deutsche Telecom and British American Tobacco are just three clients of an extensive roll-call at Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov, comprising start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. The IP practice is described as excellent and is led by the 'extremely experienced and competent' Kalina Tchakarova, who has built the practice over 20 years. She is leading advice to Facebook in appeal proceedings against decisions rendered by the Bulgarian Patent Office (BPO). Senior associates Desislava Iordanova and Kamen Gogov are key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Kalina Tchakarova

Other key lawyers:

Dessislava Iordanova; Kamen Gogov

Testimonials

‘General business law firm with an excellent IP department. Our obvious choice for 15 years.’

‘The IP team – led by the extremely experienced and competent, always sovereign, reliable and trustworthy Kalina Tchakarova – is strengthened in a very pleasant way by young, dynamic and highly-responsive employees, namely Patritsiya Cherkezova and Elena Ivanova. Clients also appreciate the excellent strategic advice and reasonable prices.’

Key clients

AbbVie

Aspen Pharmacare Holdings

Avia International

Berlin-Chemie

British American Tobacco Trading

Carlsberg Breweries

Celgene Europe

CrossFit

Deutsche Telecom

Economedia

Facebook, Inc.

Fater (JV owned by Procter & Gamble and Angelini Group)

Instagram, LLC

Ionis Pharmaceuticals

Karelia Tobacco Company

LivOn Laboratories

My TV.BG

Orange Brand Services Limited

Peak Apparel Holdings

PPF

Projects and PPP Tier 1

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov delivers an 'unmatched level of quality' due to its market experience and large team, led by heavy-hitters from across they firm: public procurement and energy partner Milan Pandev, arguably the top professional in Bulgaria in the projects sphere; real estate and construction leading individual Stephan Kyutchukov ('an outstanding professional with a visionary approach to every transaction’); and pre-eminent finance lawyer Nikolai Gouginski. Notably, the firm acts on both the sponsor and financing side of significant concessions and PPP projects.

Practice head(s):

Milan Pandev; Stephan Kyutchukov; Nikolai Gouginski

Other key lawyers:

Anton Krustev

Testimonials

‘This practice provides great advice and has vast experience.’

‘Nikolai Gouginsky is very focused and efficient, providing great advice and excellent legal services.’

‘I like the depth of their team. They are a large firm with a range of practice areas headed by partners. They have a good number of lawyers, giving you confidence that they can staff larger and more complex deals properly.’

‘Valentin Bojilov is super-smart and very hard-working and diligent. Even when grilled by partners of London firms, he stands up perfectly and always prevails in arguments about how things work.’

‘The team, managed by Milan Pandev, showed itself as professional and very proactive.’

‘I should mention proactivity and fast response of all team members. We worked closely with Kaloyan Krumov and Yassen Spassov. Mr Spassov prepared for us a very useful legal framework overview concerning our project and Mr Krumov provided great support under preparation to land acquisition.’

‘The best experience on the market combined with the largest team of qualified professionals brings the legal product to unmatched level of quality.’

‘Stephan Kyutchukov is an outstanding professional with a visionary approach to every transaction.’

Key clients

Solar Turbines Europe

Abalta Technologies

Abbaty

AbbVie

Accentive Management

AP Investments

Belfry PE

Bridge Capital

Bulgarian Real Estate Fund

Cleantech Bulgaria

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, S.A. (CAF SA)

Equinix Inc.

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Fund Manager of Financial instruments in Bulgaria

Gazprom Marketing & Trading Limited

GE Renewable Energy – Hydro

General Electric Healthcare

International Currency Exchange

Intersel Bulgaria EOOD

Nexter Systems

Regional Urban Development Fund (RUDF)

Shanghai Sensheng Assets Management Centre

Siemens

Torq Resources

VMWare

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov sits firmly at the forefront of the market, its combination of a heavyweight team and elite deal track record attracting some of the largest mandates in the country. Practice head Stephan Kyutchukov has an 'unmatched approach to every transaction' and is entirely focused on this area, which is rare in the market, while 'multi-talented lawyer' Kaloyan Krumov is an emerging name. Recent mandates include acting for Equinix on the construction of a $19m greenfield data centre development in Sofia.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Kyutchukov

Other key lawyers:

Kaloyan Krumov; Nikolina Stefanova; Maya Mircheva

Testimonials

‘DGKV has a capable team of talented senior and junior lawyers with a very strong academic background and great experience, with skills in finding the most appropriate solution for our company and always available to respond to our requests.’

‘Kaloyan Krumov is a multi-talented lawyer with a profound knowledge of Bulgarian law.’

‘The real estate team is very reliable and proactive. They are the best legal professionals in this field that I have worked with.’

‘I work mostly with Stephan Kyutchukov and Nikolina Stefanova. They are very detail-oriented and always open to finding the best legal solutions.’

‘They are the team with the most valuable experience and resources on the market to carry off any transaction, no matter how complex it may be. Stephan Kyutchukov is an outstanding professional with a unmatched approach to every transaction.’

‘This practice is both legally very qualified (as we would expect) but also very commercial and practical in their approach (offering very solid business advice). Their level of proactivity, responsiveness and business focus was also impressive.’

‘Perfect team spirit and brilliant results. I have been working with Nikolina Stefanova from DGKV since 2017. Her dedication, focus on details and ability to step into clients’ shoes, in combination with her knowledge of the local construction process, provided a really full package of services.’

Key clients

Abalta Technologies

AbbVie

Accentive Management

AP Investments AD

Auto Kelly

BDC

Biomachinostroene AD

Bridge Capital

BSR Sofia (Edmond De Rothschild Private Equity Management )

Bulgarian Real Estate Fund

Bunge Romania

Cargotec Oyj

DOHLE Trading Group Holding LLC & Co. LP

EMP Invest Bulgaria AD (Empower Capital Fund)

GTC

Hilton Hotels

Karsch Venture Capital

Kharis Capital Advisory Belgium

Lempriere Australia

Froneri Bulgaria

Mid Europa Partners

NEPI Investment Management

Oman Investment Fund (OIF)

OMV Bulgaria

OTP Bank

TMT Tier 1

Full-service powerhouse Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov boasts a stellar client list and first-rate technology expertise in Berlin-based partner Violetta Kunze. Clients range from global leaders to local start-ups, primarily within the technology and service-providers sector, although the firm's 'high level of expertise in the field of telecommunications' is equally praised; the firm acted for PPF on the €810m acquisition of the Bulgarian assets of Telenor. In the media sphere, News Corp UK & Ireland and Ingenious Media are recent gains.

Practice head(s):

Violetta Kunze

Testimonials

‘Excellent market overview; high level of expertise in the field of telecommunications law and related data protection issues. ’

‘Violetta Kunze stands out for her outstanding committment to excellent work; very reliable and thorough in her work.’

Key clients

Accenture (UK) Limited

AT&T EMEA

Blantyre Capital Limited

Booking.com

CBS Corporation

Eurotronics Bulgaria

Facebook

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Ingenious Media

Instagram

My TV.BG

News Corp UK & Ireland

Nokia Corporation

OMV Bulgaria

P.P.F. a.s.

Panasonic Marketing Europe

SAP

Snap Inc.

Spotify

Tata Communications

Telus International

The Walt Disney Company (US)

The Wikimedia Foundation

Viessmann Werke GmbH & Co KG

Transport (including shipping) Tier 2

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov shines in large-scale infrastrure projects and public procurement within the transport sector, earning roles on big-ticket matters, such as acting for Alstom Transport in appeal proceedings following the tender for the design, construction, and rehabilitation of railway infrastructure by the National Railway Infrastructure Company. Top-rated lawyers from across firm provide a comprehensive service to a sizeable client base that includes Ryanair, Wizz Air, Turkish Airlines and Daimler Chrysler. Zdravka Ugrinova and Milan Pandev are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Zdravka Ugrinova; Milan Pandev

Testimonials

A solid practice and detail-oriented service.

DGKV’s transport and infrastructure practice is one of the leading and the largest teams on the Bulgarian legal market. DGKV is able to deliver profound knowledge and time sensitive legal advice to the global aviation, marine, rail and shipping industries.

Milan Pandev is one of the best professionals for his vast experience in handling large-scale projects. He offers broad experience in transport and infrastructure matters and manages his team well. Milan is one of the most reliable lawyers in the region, extremely professional, responsive and always on the top of the issues. Lilia Kisseva has broad experience in the fields of general corporate, M&A and transportation. She is an excellent adviser. Lilia is professional and thoughtful.’

Key clients

ERG Insaat Ticaret ve Sanayi

Ryanair

Turkish Airlines

Daimler Chrysler

Wizz Air Hungary

ASL Airlines Belgium

MAN SE/MAN Truck & Bus/MAN Truck & Bus Deutschland

Skoda Auto

Toto Costruzioni Generali

Cargotec Oyj

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF)

The Export Import Bank of China (CEXIM)

Zim Israel Navigation Company

Sojitz Corporation of America

JMAC Air

Karsan Otomotiv Sanayii ve Tic.

Patria Land

Ford Otomotiv Sanayi

Chariot Motors

CK Holdings Co.

The firm: DGKV is one of the largest, oldest, most prominent independent law firms in Bulgaria, known for its solid record of pioneering projects on the Bulgarian market. Founded in 1994, its asset is the unique combination of profound legal knowledge, experience in international transactions and ability to handle large-scale transactions. With 15 partners and over 55 lawyers, DGKV has resources to assemble the right team to address the most complicated matters. Its ever-growing portfolio of over 4,000 multinational clients is a fair attestation of its high-quality legal services.

Areas of practice
M&A: DGKV has a reputation for advising the largest M&A in Bulgaria and significant global transactions in relation to their Bulgarian law aspects. The firm has advised: the biggest M&A deal for 2018 in Bulgaria – the EUR 810m acquisition of the Bulgarian assets of Telenor; the biggest deal in 2017 – the EUR 252.9m acquisition of Paradise Center shopping center in Sofia; CK Holdings Co. Ltd. in relation to the USD 7.1bn sale of Fiat Chrysler’s Magneti Marelli to Japan’s Calsonic Kansei; KKR on the Bulgarian aspects of the acquisition of the margarine and spreads business of Unilever. Other key clients: Equinix, Fairfax Financial Holdings, GTC, Mitsui & Co. Ltd., Call Point New Europe, Dell, etc.

Banking and finance: DGKV focuses on secured transactions, corporate finance, public finance and regulation of financial and investment services. DGKV consulted IFC, AIG, CAIB, MKB and State General Reserve Fund of Oman for the acquisition of shares in major Bulgarian banks; OTP and DSK Bank, the World Bank, EBRD, JBIC, BSTDB, Deutsche Bank, EIB, Procredit Bank, GTC Group on financing of various infrastructure, construction and financial projects in Bulgaria, etc.

Energy and utilities: DGKV provides full-scope legal assistance to clients interested in investing or otherwise engaged in the energy sector in Bulgaria. The firm has advised ABB, AES, the Bulgarian Government, Citibank and US Exim Bank, ContourGlobal, EBRD, GE Power & Water, Marubeni, RWE Power; EZ, Chevron and Lukoil regularly on local operations; Gazprom Marketing & Trading, J.P. Morgan Energy Europe, Merrill Lynch, OMV Trading and Vitol on energy trading matters; China Development Bank, SINOSURE, Credit Suisse, Gamesa, Mitsui&Co, Raiffeisen, Statkraft, Toshiba, Verbund in numerous renewable energy projects; and Gazprom and MOL on gas pipeline projects.

Competition: with a strong competition practice, DGKV has made a significant contribution to the Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition. It’s advised Aurubis, Bunge, MasterCard Europe on competition regulatory issues; Aurubis, Metro Cash and Carry, Nokia, KBC, Devnya Cement, Visa Europe, Coca Cola in relation to antitrust investigations by the regulator and other antitrust matters.

Real estate: DGKV has a strong reputation in the real estate market, advising the acquisitions of: the most expensive real estate in Bulgaria – the EUR 252.9m Paradise Center; NIS Petrol and OMV; numerous operating mall acquisitions; land acquisition and construction and/or acquisition of residential, office, retail and mixed-use developments; large-scale commercial real estate financings. Other recent projects include: Equinix on site acquisition for the establishment of its second data centre in Bulgaria and VMware on the largest office lease deal in Bulgaria in the last 10 years.

TMT: DGKV offers a ‘one-stop shop’ for technology companies with operations in Bulgaria. It represents Google on a regular basis in relation to legal issues associated with online services and customers support in Bulgaria; Deutsche Telekom; Facebook LLC; Instagram LLC; Univeral 1440 Entertainment LLC; Telecom Italia; Tata Communications; Swisscom; PCCW Global; VOXBONE; Progress Software, etc.

Litigation and arbitration: with an outstanding dispute resolution track record DGKV’s litigation team is one of the best in Bulgaria. DGKV represents clients in the commercial, construction, financial or administrative fields. Currently it represents Bulgarian Acquisition Company II, CEZ Electro Bulgaria, Financial Supervision Commission, Glorient Investment BG, SE Bordnetze, etc. For the last year the DGKV could boast with an impressive successful track record in major court cases with very high success rate, including commercial and administrative litigation, and international arbitration with total value of more than EUR 737m.

Intellectual property: Google Inc., Facebook Inc., Instagram LLC, Warner Bros., Teva Pharmaceuticals Europe BV (confidential), Carlsberg Bulgaria, Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmetique S.A., Deutsche Telekom AG, Tchibo GmbH, Cargill Inc., Marie Brizard Wine and Spirits Distribution Bulgaria EOOD, Guess Inc are among our IP clients.

Labour and social security: DGKV’s employment team excels as one of the few stand-alone employment law practices on the Bulgarian market. Its employment lawyers are heavily involved in providing legal field specific knowledge to clients with a view to optimizing every aspect of their operations in Bulgaria and strives to ensure their specific employment needs are met in an ever-changing business world. Major clients are Yazaki Corporation, Turkish Airlines, Ryanair, Volkswagen, Coca Cola, AES Maritza East I, Takeaway.com, ABB Bulgaria, Grohe Adria, etc.

Department Name Email Telephone
M&A Zdravka Ugrinova
M&A Violetta Kunze
General corporate Assen Djingov
General corporate Zdravka Ugrinova
Banking and finance Nikolai Gouginski
Banking and finance Georgi Tzvetkov
Energy and utilities Georgi Gouginski
Energy and utilities Milan Pandev
Competition Nikolai Gouginski
Real estate and construction Stephan Kyutchukov
Project finance and capital markets Nikolai Gouginski
Project finance and capital markets Georgi Tzvetkov
TMT Violetta Kunze
TMT Kalina Tchakarova
Intellectual property Kalina Tchakarova
Litigation and arbitration Angel Ganev
Tax Viara Todorova
Labour and social security Kalina Tchakarova
Labour and social security Youliana Naoumova
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Lora Aleksandrova  photo Ms Lora Aleksandrova Associate
Ms Rusalena Anglelova  photo Ms Rusalena Anglelova Senior Associate
Mr Peter Angov  photo Mr Peter Angov Associate
Mr Vladislav Antonov  photo Mr Vladislav Antonov Senior Associate
Ms Silviya Apostolova  photo Ms Silviya Apostolova Senior Associate
Ms Tsvetelina Bayraktarova  photo Ms Tsvetelina Bayraktarova Senior Associate
Mr Valery Blagoev  photo Mr Valery Blagoev Associate
Mr Valentin Bojilov  photo Mr Valentin Bojilov Counsel
Ms Lena Borislavova  photo Ms Lena Borislavova Associate
Mr Kamen Gogov  photo Mr Kamen Gogov Senior Associate
Mr Nikolai Gouginski  photo Mr Nikolai Gouginski Partner, working in the competition law, EU and regulatory, project finance, secured…
Ms Ralitsa Gougleva  photo Ms Ralitsa Gougleva Counsel
Ms Dessislava Ivanova  photo Ms Dessislava Ivanova Associate
Ms Milka Ivanova  photo Ms Milka Ivanova Senior Associate
Ms Lilia Kisseva  photo Ms Lilia Kisseva Senior Associate
Mr Kaloyan Krumov  photo Mr Kaloyan Krumov Counsel
Mr Anton Krustev  photo Mr Anton Krustev Counsel
Ms Gergana Monovska  photo Ms Gergana Monovska Senior Associate
Ms Youliana Naoumova  photo Ms Youliana Naoumova Partner, working in the employment, social security, M&A, JVs, corporate law practice…
Mr Omourtag Petkov  photo Mr Omourtag Petkov Partner, working in the general corporate law, commercial law, M&A, infrastructure, concessions,…
Mr Ivan Punev  photo Mr Ivan Punev Senior Associate
Ms Elena Shopova  photo Ms Elena Shopova Associate
Ms Kalina Tchakarova  photo Ms Kalina Tchakarova Partner, working in the IP, labour and social security, corporate, pharmaceutical law,…
Ms Zdravka Ugrinova  photo Ms Zdravka Ugrinova Partner, working in the M&A, JVs, corporate, private equity and privatisation practice…
Number of lawyers : 55
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Contacts : Assen Djingov
Contacts : Marius Velichkov
Other offices : Berlin